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Geoscience Student O’Hara Named Goldwater Scholar

Dan O’Hara, a Geoscience and Computer Science double major from Ebensburg, Pa., was one of 271 students awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2013–2014. He was selected from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated nationwide.

Dan has been very active in the Geoscience Department, acting as president of the Geological Society of IUP and working on independent research with Jon Lewis on the tectonics of Taiwan. His accomplishments include being selected to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Summer 2011, being accepted to the McNair Scholars Program, receiving a scholarship from the NSF-funded S-COAM Program at IUP, and giving a talk at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco in December 2011.

Named for Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Foundation supports the training of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

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